‘Art & Science in an Age of Unreason’ is a short documentary by Anthony Capaiuolo of First Tracks Productions, and oil painter, Shelley Zentner.
We came to this project shortly after establishing the Tahoe Activist Artists, who are a diverse group of concerned citizens working in different creative fields – Art, Writing, Letterpress, Film, Education, Public Relations, Ceramics, and more. The Tahoe Activist Artists was established to respond to the political and humanitarian crises of our time.
Shelley: "This film began as a simple time-lapse of a large oil painting that I was planning. Anthony asked if he could include an interview to explain my motivations behind the piece. What emerged was a creative collaboration, and a call to action.
The subject of this film is Marie Curie, two time Nobel Prize winning female scientist and educator. Marie Curie was chosen, to celebrate science, intelligence, education and the achievements of women.
The worrying trend towards anti-intellectualism, anti-science, a lack of respect for women, and the growing hostility towards refugees and immigrants fleeing from the horrors of war, fuel my work. "
This film is the first major output of The Tahoe Activist Artists, and will be followed by an event at Tahoe Mountain Lab on September 9th, from 2 – 8 pm.